The song comes from that. Much has been said in the build-up to the release of this album about its embracing of timbres previously untouched by Oxbow — namely, string arrangements. In this instance, money is an extraction like no other for me. How much of it hinges on Eugene S. For example, I see a lot of my classmates stop doing music or stop being interested in producing and writing music, but for whatever reason my core interest in fooling around with an instrument and being creative in it has gotten me through. It is Oxbow at their most composed, their most experienced and their most disturbed.
You can look at that as a lifetime of lost opportunities, but at the same time I think about Oxbow. Only the very gifted or the very lucky find themselves in such circumstances; they are few in number. But these sounds slowly fade and with them fades the momentary relief they bring. I got really tired of tuning the guitar down — I love that sound, but like, enough, you know? The songs were written in the order they appear in this record, except for this one. If their discography is anything to go by, their intensity and sense of adventure has only gained, which would suggest that The Thin Black Duke might just be the scariest ogre of all. Generally, it's best just to let them take you for the ride.
Meanwhile, the tenacious and imposing presence of vocalist Eugene Robinson provides a mouth-piece for the character of The Thin Black Duke, whose deviousness represents the seven deadly sins while also taking a shot at the religious doctrine that concept is borne from. Give Narcotic Story a go if you want Thin Black Dukes evil drugged out brother, An Evil Heat if you want Eugene Robinson to grab you by the scruff of your neck and shout into your face until it melts, or Serenade In Red for some atmospheric Albini produced nightmare blues. Ironically, this may well be Oxbow's most accessible album yet. Bottom Line: Oxbow have been one of the most intriguing, original and uncompromising bands since their inception. Each step breaches new ground.
. Oxbow are not an approachable band and their music is not easy but for those of us who have been left waiting in the silence at the end of The Narcotic Story, we cannot but wait for the horrors that the The Thin Black Duke could bring. Were you formally taught or has it been self-education? Every tortured line, every dissonant barrage drips with expression; to paraphrase that old Tony Wilson cliché about Joy Division, he sounds like he plays guitar not because he enjoys it, but because he has no choice — this music has to escape from him somehow. This shit is straight-up evil, with repeated lyrical references to the titular Thin Black Duke, which appears to be a character Robinson plays. The punk rock impulse that runs throughout becomes distorted — though never diluted — by elements of metal, prog, jazz and, with the addition of orchestral parts scored by guitarist Niko Wenner, symphonic music. Oxbow have always circled an obscure malevolence and carried themselves with an avant-misanthropy reminiscent of the Duke but without, of course, his fascistic politics.
You can practically feel his breath on your neck, his spit in your face, hand on your arm as he takes you into a world of his imagining. And short, I wanted something really short. We end up talking about the precision, because the passion and the messy, bloody — as in completely involved — part is obvious. Are there any commonalities that run through your work; any core ingredients to any Oxbow record? This whole record is based, as I keep saying, about using those four intervals to tie the music together. The accrual of that which grants one person power over another, the exercising of that power over those in a weaker position. I actually was trying to figure out what that meant — a logical conclusion — and then, as luck would have it, a friend of mine who is a journalist did an interview with Glenn Danzig, of all people. Ask those guys why but it seems to work.
For Your Consideration: Top Ten Tuesday: Playlist voting: The latest albums, videos, news, and anything else indie music related from your favorite artists. I apologize for this inconvenience. The way they put things together in this really simple, intelligent way, where everything happened as it should, when it should and everything moved forward very simply. Furthermore, The Thin Black Duke is at best a cryptic homage. The Narcotic Story also found Oxbow wholly embracing sonic textures previously just hinted at — piano and string arrangements complemented the group's raucous twisted grooves, an ebb and flow of delicate control and explosions of rock fury. The signifiers of power — money and sex — are consistently recurring figures in frontman Eugene S.
I found some really useful formal education. Get hip to one of the craziest live performers I have seen. I think the only part that never changed was in the middle, that little marching cymbal and tom and drum part. Full of twists and turns, the band navigate through various misleading passages, all the while maintaining the one signature riff which the song is built upon. Niko: I love you, man! On Thin Black Duke, songwriter and guitarist Niko Wenner explores the power of restraint even further. After that opening — which can be displaced from the linear story — then you have this more lyrical beginning.
So we do the best to give an experience. They sound equally like a band that has discussed and agreed upon every moment of every song and one that barely knows what note comes next. You do what you want to hear; what you want to read, what you want to see. Their 1989 debut record Fuckfest was, as Robinson tells us, recorded as a suicide note. Thin Black Duke should be regarded as a genuinely innovative and exciting piece of art. To feel some of the terror, to understand it and watch us negotiate that. While Oxbow's early material seemed combustible at every turn, constantly on the brink of descending into utter discord, the songs on Thin Black Duke see the band entirely in command.
Yesterday in Freedom Park in Berkeley there were hours and hours of fist fights and people Sieg Heiling. I wanted to have every moment, which is impossible, but as much as possible to have all of Thin Black Duke to have all the facets, all the sides of what we do, so that was really a challenge. TeamRock: Thematically it sounds like an exploration of murky relationships between emotion and materialism. What have these past ten years brought to you and what those experiences have brought to this album? This was something that I was just singing to myself and then — holy cow! The rawness of early Oxbow is held in close proximity to a madness that has paradoxically gained in refinement and composure. The group is centred upon the relationship between frontman Eugene S. Arguably, the Duke was Bowie at his maddest. Even within the middle, which is back to concert normal speed, normal pitch, the orchestral parts are out of time.